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employers. this feedback was done last year and we were able to make recommended changes so we can have a better program for this summer. and i apologize. i think we have run out of time on this item. >> so what i'm going to do is open up for questions from board members and then open up for comments. commissioners fewer. >> thank you supervisor kim. this isn't a question, but i wanted to let the supervisors know because the city has generously funded summer schools and it has been hard years for us. this year we have dedicated $2 million towards credit recovery and part is to offer summer school at the following high school sites, ball bow y'all high school, george washington high school and galleo and they'll serve high school students throughout the city offering classes to help them graduate to those who are
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behind and need graduation recovery. thank you very much. >> thank you commissioner fewer. i know that was a priority on the school board, but on the board of supervisor to insure that we fund summer school which is a critical piece of our education system and was sadly cut for one year when we have massive state cuts. it was an unfortunate decision, but i'm glad we were able to fulfill that need. >> commissioner wynns. thank you for the presentation. i'm interested in what students go to these programs that are located at certain schools during the summer, so do we get students from other schools or do they get filled with students from the school where the program is located? >> sure. i can answer that. the way we organize our recruitment, we expanded it so we're not having hospitality students only apply for hospitality. we listed all of our different opportunities and
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students were able to rank their opportunities based on their interest. which provided us with additional information about the importance of providing exploration opportunities this summer. we expanded it which is the first time for us, so we have students at other students, they're not ct students because they're sophomores or students that for example at low have an interest in building construction, so we have a lot students applying for programs and again, students that are interested in exploring summer programs that's unrelated to their academy, so it has been exceeding for us. >> what's the result? do we know yet. you can tell me. >> tomorrow is the deadline to get all the applications in. so we'll probably know that in a couple of weeks. as of today, i received 150 applications from kids throughout the district, but
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i'm anticipating 75 more. we have 220 spots total. >> enough for them to get into some program. >> yes, they'll be able to participate in some program and most likely their first choice. >> i want to know what schools they come from so we can see if we got a mix and seeing how much access they have to programs that's not in their neighborhood. >> we have a data base that we were able to collect data and where the placement is, so we can share that information in the future. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> supervisor yee. >> just a quick question. have you ever thought of not you personally, but the school district, thought about how you could somehow combine this effort with the kindergarten to
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college fund? >> they're only little kids. >> i know, but there's supposedly an account for each student. so my question is, whether or not anybody has explored the possibility of rather giving all the money to -- it's not very much, but the stipend total to the students, is there a possibility to put some of it into that account to help them save for their college and maybe find a donor that can match each $100 that each student is willing to put into the account or something like that. >> i just wanted to address the kid college account which is for our kindergarten so we've been doing it for four years. we don't have anything for our older kids yet. with the ideas with the
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funds that gets deposited for the kindergarten is for college. >> we have seven years to think about it. [laughter] >> thank you. i'm going to open up for public comment. i believe we have one of our commissioners in the room who wanted to speak on this item, so i'll call up our commissioners first. >> it doesn't matter. >> good afternoon, supervisors and board of ed commissioners. my name is nicholas and i'm the chair of the youth commission. i was appointed by district one supervisor erik mar and i serve on the youth and immigration committee. we've done a lot of work around both youth employment and also especially the immigration part of our community is making sure that i am grags youth and
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undocumented youth have access. we want to do more to employ more undocumented youth. there is a program last year, a pilot program which was a huge success, but it employed 42 undocumented youth. and compared to -- that's about point eight percent of the entire undocumented population of san francisco whereas for all youth, it's more like eight or seven percent, so undocumented youth has one tenth of a chance of becoming employment verses those who do have documentation. what we want to say, there's lots of barriers respect to federal and state law especially in san francisco, where there's a will, there's a way, especially in our programs that's funded by general funded dollars and not funded by the state and not funded by federal
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government, this city a sanctuary city and the school district who has supported undocumented students very well, we hope that you can do more to take accountability to employ undocumented youth because while there's fwraet programs going on, it's serving less than one percent of the youth that needs it. as you go and start this program this summer, we hope you can do that and we're looking forward to work with the board of supervisors and the mayor and the board of education to make that happen. thank you. >> perfect timing. thank you commissioner pesque, it's important for us to have the perspective of the young people because this is dedicated to young people. thank you for coming here today. any other public comment on this item. seeing none, public comment is closed. any final comments or
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questions? seeing none, madam clerk, can we call item number two. >> thank you. excuse me, file number 140349 hearing to review proposed legislation to reauthorize the public education and enrichment fund, with a funding presentation from the san francisco unified school district, and general discussion on draft language. number 140349 hearing to review proposed legislation to reauthorize the public education and enrichment fund, with a funding presentation from the san francisco unified school district, and general discussion on draft language. number 140349 hearing to review proposed legislation to reauthorize the public education and enrichment fund, with a funding presentation from the san francisco unified school district, and general discussion on draft language. >> sponsored by you supervisor. i forgot to thank all those here today to talk about an important gap during the summer type where we provide additional support to make sure young people aren't falling through the cracks so thank you for your time and presenting to us today. our next item is the public education enrichment fund. now in its tenth year of programming since it was first passed in march of 2004. this ballot measured was sponsored by tom who put on a ballot measure because he believe there should be funds
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dedicated to our public education system and preschool for all. through conversations in the community with many non profit organizations, teachers, parent advocates and youth, this ballot measure was put on the march 2004 ballot initially setting aside $10 million out of the city's general fund to our public schools, specifically for sports and libraries, apart of the program and curriculum of sfus has been cut with deep -- through deep revenue losses at the state level particularly after prop 13. and a third of the funds were set aside for the first five commission to deliver preschool for all for four year olds here in san francisco. now in its tenth year, the city must go to the voters. so our
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discussion here today is over the last ten years, a broad over view which we will get a presentation from deputy superintendent lee. but also an opportunity for this committee on both the board of supervisor and the board of commissioners and community members who are here to talk about what we would like the educational enrichment fund to look like as we go for reauthorization in 2014. it's popular with the residents and we believe the city should put in additional funding. we know that california is 49. instead of sitting back and complaining about it, that the school -- that the local municipality can contribute to the gap and bring back programming that we haven't seen in 15 years like our classes, like pe teachers
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and sports that are largely cut since 1978. this is an initiative that's of importance to me. over my time on the board of education and as a member of the member cac of proposition h, i got to see firsthand the difference these dollars are making in our schools and our classrooms and there's not a school that you can walk into where you can't see the impact of these dollars whether it's having a library three days a week where there was none before or whether it's having an art or pe program and other sports or funding our pier resource center, our health centers in high schools, restore of justice, these dollars have been essential to augment what sfuc receive
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but it's educating our young people and closing our achievement gap. i'm looking forward to introducing this next tuesday and having a long term discussion and parallel with the children's fund which must go for reargs this -- which must go for reauthorization this year or next year. so i did want to give an opportunity if any other board members would like to speak before we have deputy superintendent lee -- supervisor yee. >> thank you. 1/3 of the funding goes to the [inaudible] for all program and this was also a very important aspect of the education funds because we all know that practice the research, many
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decades of research that children enter kindergarten without having any of the early education activities, they're going to be struggling, especially those children coming from low to moderate income families. at the time there was a lot of discussion whether we should put it in there, mainly because there was a state wide attempt to do pre-k and there was a lot of hope that will solve the problem because the state didn't have enough resources for preschool, not only for low income, forget about the middle income, they had no opportunities. we should be thankful for the wisdom of the people in this city because if we had depended on that state wide ballot to pass, we would have been
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basically where we are ten years ago, not being able to serve the number of children that we're serving today so the program itself, i'm glad to report and first five commission has done a great job in implementing and the studies has shown the impact that there's increase numbers way above the national level, way above the state level in terms of the position of our four year olds and preschool experience and it has an impact whether it's in reading or emotional support or math. so the evaluation is proving us right from the view that the investment made was worth wild.
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i'm looking for to reauthorization of this. what it has done is given almost every low income child an opportunity to be participating and you would think that even middle income families may not even need the help, but in this city, as you all know it's so expensive that it's difficult even for middle income families to provide the preschool activities for their youngsters so one of the things that we're looking forward is trying to have it as flexibility as possible for this program. thank you very much. >> thank you supervisor yee and i forgot to mention that supervisor yee, avalos and myself are working on the reauthorization of the public enrichment fund and the language and the childrens fund which we hope to introduce next week,
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but finally be able to put together by the may 20th charter amendment that is set by the board of supervisors. >> and this is going to be a third piece introduced as amendment which is the children and family council that will be introduced. >> thank you. deputy superintendent lee. thank you for being here. >> thank you, madam chair for holding this initiative which i know you're intimately familiar. supervisor kim and yee did a good job of giving half of the presentation i was going to given. i wanted to give an over view of the investments that have been made
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through the voters of the charter amendment. slightly more than ten years ago. this is -- i'm about sure if i'm operating this device properly but we have a presentation. so -- >> sfgovtv, if you can help with the presentation. speaker: as supervisors kim and yee mentioned, this measure has been in place for slightly more than ten years. we are in our ninth year of implementation of the resources that the voters approved and the current level of funding is for all three parts of the public education enrichment fund is slightly over $80 million, 2/3 of which comes to sfufd which is administered through the first five commission. the general theme is that this set of resources really has transformed what education looks like not to mention early
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education throughout san francisco. so especially at a time when districts up and down the state and elsewhere have been cutting investments that have been provided speckly through peef. this has allowed us to protect critical programs that the measure was intended to provide. it has allowed us to expand them. we stand alone compared to a lot of our counter parts in the state and across the country. protected funding for libraries, arts and music, physical education, through the third or are -- or the use program. we helped our students meet graduation requirements, to launch a new investment in our science, technology and engineers math area and to
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fund learning support, nurses and wellness among other things and i'll go through more in the next few slides. here's a couple of pictures before and after. this is what our school library looked like. an unnamed school library. this was used, not as a library as it was intended, but as a storage area. and a critical gap was we didn't have staffing for the library or for most of our libraries frankly price to peef. these are images of two our of libraries now and they're beautiful. they're about the only images we have or that we could have shown about school libraries. one statistic is since peef has been implemented, the number of school library books has tripled so really a few changes
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in terms of access to school libraries and the materials. in terms of athletics, so our secondary schools, middle schools and high schools received stipend and those are used for uniforms and equipment and facility improvements including dramatic improvements to our fields and transportation for our student athlete and providing athletic trainers. in terms of physical education, again, all of our secondary schools receive support including a per student dollar amount. this has been as high as $16. right now it's $10. we're hoping to get it up to $16 per student. that's funding for fitness and sports equipment. and at the elementary level, funding
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for staff. so funding for, about e teachers and equipment. for arts, we have art teachers in all of our schools, so whether for visual or performing arts as well as a per student amount of funding that's prioritized by the school community, $10 each for elementary schools and $0 for each high school students for arts, supplies and materials. we provide artist and residents, field trips and musical instruments and repairs of instrument. all of this at a time when most districts are severe cutting their invest ment in the arts. in terms of learning support, we have learning support through counselors and our nurses. it's hard to imagine how our schools would operate without these people, without these critical people and they
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themselves are over suspended but ten years ago, they didn't exist in most of our schools. and here are some additional highlights of areas that we've been able to either establish or expand through -- this is more from the other general uses part of the translation and interpretation, services, drastically and -- the practices has blossomed in our district, a formative assessment and cte and the work base learning, a dedicated coordinator for work base learning is funded through peace so that's great to connect those two topics and stem and recovery as i mentioned. just a couple of comments and i'll try to speed through this. i know you're familiar with this. we have been
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engaged for many months in this renewal process as the supervisors mentioned and we're coming up to the time following a very extensive stakeholder engagement process and also a process to define some of the policy themes. next month will be the time when the supervisors introduce and start deliberating about the actual draft language. actually i guess that's the end of this month, but into may and this is for a november 2014 election day. these are some of the community input findings, just to name a few that are parents and youth. although there's an incredible array of services out there, there's difficulties or barriers or communication gaps in navigating the system or systems. the providers of these services has challenges in
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aligning their collective efforts. we have continuing challenging with equity and access to the critically needed services. we need to improve both our in school and out of school experiences and services and we have to end gage the business industry in better ways and we have critical gaps in our programming. so there's a picture that's been emerging over these months about how we might do better to fill in those gaps, so one is to have a better inventory of our services and our needs, to share information across our institutions about which youth and students are accessing services and which students and youth could do better by having better access to services, better align case management and joint accountability. so this set up
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thoughts under proposed policy solutions, these are really recommendations that have emerged through a joint working group that have been convened by the mayor and the superintendent and i know this is going to continue to be discussed as the supervisors introduce the legislation, so one concept is to renew the children's fund and peace as separate funds with complimentary ballot to create city wide outcomes that would apply both to the city's efforts and the school district's efforts, establish this council, collaborative council as supervisor yee mentioned with staff support. that's the concept under the collaborative and then to extend the planning cycles and align them between the city and the district and insure data sharing and information sharing. so finally, let me just address or mention some of the
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questions that are still being worked out and i think will be addressed in the legislation that's introduced next week and if i may, the board of education has been discussing all of the above including these issues at some length and on the first two issues, i can say and i'm sure the commissioners that are on the committee can speak for themselves as well, but the board of education has unanimously supported the idea of eliminating from the charter references to services and the trigger. there's discusses about the sunset date, so there's pretty much consensus about at least -- about the concept of extending the authorization to a period quite a bit longer than the ten years that was originally authorized and some of our commissioners are in favor of eliminating the sunset. some are open to having a sunset as long as it's of sufficient length. there are details to work out about the
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governance structure, the issue of whether these issues will take the form of one ballot initiative or two ballot initiatives and finally about the third of the funds that go for early education. all of these things are still being flushed out and i think that will continue over the next few weeks and hopefully there will be a big push to support measure or measures that appear on the november ballot. thank you. >> thank you. so at this time, i want to open up for questions or comments. this is a good time for discussion. deputy superintendent lee has brought up a number of kind of outstanding issues that will go over in terms of policies themselves and if folks want to
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make comments. commissioner wynns. >> thank you and thank you for the presentation and thank you supervisor kim for the history. it's important to know that the people of san francisco has supported these kinds of measures both the children's fund and the enrichment fund and many other school funding measures generously and wisely in my view, and that we appreciate that and have the responsibility to make sure that we actually do those things that we promised to do and we ask that citizens to fund these -- our schools and services for students that they deserve to need and it's an investment into our future. i appreciated the highlighting of the program and the discussions that are ongoing. i just wanted to -- i think it's my responsibility to
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say that those things identify in the last slide is the issues of whether or not there should be a trigger, whether that allows the city to not fully fund it which has happened in future years and should there be a sunset date and should we have one ballot or two and issues related to preschool which is because that money is administered by first 5 and not our primarily responsibility and we have the obligation to weigh in since we're talking about the students that come to us after their preschool experience. i'm hoping that we will -- i'm hoping that we'll resolve some of those things through the staff discussions before the introduction here. it's going to happen next week, so i'm kind of interested in just an update on how -- an update if
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that's possible. i think the board of education, i'm not speaking for the board, but based on our discussion would be interested in seeing if we can do that as quickly as possible. and by saying that i personally, not the board, but i personally have a concern about one ballot. i think we should have two ballots. these are two funding issues very well understood by the voters. we have recent polling that shows that and i continue to have some concerns about the proposed governance structure. i think it's hard for us to understand and we need to clarify that more before any of us can or should feel comfortable with something that we don't -- that is a little bit not specific, too not specif